Lara Celenza grew up in Vasto, a small town in Abruzzo, Italy. She holds a BA in Modern Languages from the University of Bologna and an MPhil in Russian Studies from the University of Cambridge, where she specialized in Russian and Soviet film. In 2008, she completed her professional training in film directing at the Raindance Film School in London. In 2010, she founded independent production company Kalifilm Productions and, since then, she has written and directed many award-winning short films, documentaries and music videos all over Europe. Her documentary on falconry and wild animal training "Falcong" won the DokuFilmPreis at Filmzeit Kaufbeuren 2018 and is currently available on Amazon Prime US, Amazon Prime UK and Vimeo On Demand. She lives in Berlin and is currently working on the post-production of her first feature film "Lost in the City", a drama on homelessness and social injustice to be released in 2020. In 2017, together with fellow filmmaker Natalie MacMahon, she founded Female Filmmakers Festival Berlin, a film initiative entirely devoted to supporting female talent and gender equality in the industry. As of 2019, Lara & Natalie also represent a curated catalogue of films under the brand name Highlights Film Distribution.


PORTFOLIO & AWARDS


Lost in the City // Feature Film, Drama // post-production


We Go On // Music Video // Client: Shehzad Bhanji feat. T. Julliet // Release Date: 18 October 2019


Black Violet // Music Video // Client: Novi // Release Date: 16 August 2019 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT SHORT TO THE POINT FILM FESTIVAL 2019


Goldfish Memory // Music Video // Client: Novi // Release Date: 14 June 2019 // WINNER OF THE BEST FEMALE DIRECTOR OF THE MONTH AWARD AT DIRECT MONTHLY ONLINE FILM FESTIVAL JULY 2019, NOMINATED FOR BEST MUSIC VIDEO AT: VÄSTERÅS FILMFESTIVAL 2019, IDLEWILD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: NEW YORK STATE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019, WESTFIELD INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019, LEICESTER FILM FESTIVAL 2019, APHRODITE FILM AWARDS 2019, INDIE VISIONS FILM FESTIVAL 2019, FEMALE FILMMAKERS FESTIVAL BERLIN 2019


Totipotent // Music Documentary // Client: Blake Day // Release Date: 04 January 2019 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT AUDIO SHOOT UNSIGNED INTERNATIONAL MUSIC VIDEO & FILM FESTIVAL 2019


Falcong // Short Film, Documentary // Release Date: 9 February 2018 @ FECIME Festival Cinematográfico de Mérida // WINNER OF THE SPECIAL MENTION FILM ON NATURE AWARD AT WHITE UNICORN INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2019, WINNER OF THE DOKUFILMPREIS AWARD AT FILMZEIT KAUFBEUREN 2018 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: AMSTERDAM LIFT-OFF ONLINE FESTIVAL 2018, THE EARTH DAY FILM FESTIVAL 2018, GLOBAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018, CHAMBAL INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2018, FECIME FESTIVAL CINEMATOGRÁFICO DE MÉRIDA 2018 // Currently Available on Amazon Prime and Vimeo On Demand


Die Täuschung (Deception) // Showreel Film, Film Noir // Client: Tzena Nicole // Release Date: 26 October 2017


Mingler // Showreel Film, Comedy // Client: Tzena Nicole // Release Date: 20 October 2017


Handvoll Dreck // Music Video // Client: Real Jay (Prod. by Brisk Fingaz & Killa M.) // Release Date: 21 May 2017


Grand Masquerade // Music Video // Client: The Trouble Notes // Release Date: 01 March 2017 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: UPPSALA INTERNATIONAL SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2017, TWIN PEAKS UK FESTIVAL 2017


Lena & Ben // Showreel Film, Drama // Client: Agnieszka Paschke // Release Date: 11 February 2016


The Trouble Notes present The Prologue ft. Berlin Boyz // Music Video // Client: The Trouble Notes // Release Date: 05 November 2015


Lulladie // Music Video // Client: Blake Day & Natalie MacMahon // Release Date: 10 July 2015 // SEMI-FINALIST AT LOS ANGELES CINEFEST 2016, SEMI-FINALIST IN THE INTERNATIONAL SONGWRITING COMPETITION 2015 IN THE MUSIC VIDEO CATEGORY // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: BERLIN SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2016, TRACCE CINEMATOGRAFICHE FILM FEST 2016, FINOW FILM FESTIVAL 2016, CENTRAL INDIA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2016, ROFFEKE ROCK 'N' ROLL FILM FESTIVAL KENYA 2016


The Making of Lulladie // Music Documentary // Client: Blake Day // Release Date: 10 July 2015 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT ROFFEKE ROCK 'N' ROLL FILM FESTIVAL KENYA 2016


Utopia // Music Video // Client: The Last Hour // Release Date: 21 December 2013 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014, BERLIN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2014


Hard Times // Music Video // Client: Double Zero // Release Date: 21 August 2013


Wednesday Roses // Commercial // Client: Johanna Hehir // Release Date: 9 April 2014


Mr Hater Show // Web Series, Satire - 7 Episodes // Release Date: 14 April 2013


Villa Martina B&B - Need A Break? // Commercial // Client: Villa Martina Bed & Breakfast // Release Date: 28 September 2012


Sei Solo Tu // Music Video // Client: Marco Santilli // Release Date: 4 May 2012


Five Past Ten // Music Video // Client: Nico Greco // Release Date: 28 February 2012 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2014, NEW HOPE FILM FESTIVAL 2014, LONDON INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2014, BARE BONES INTERNATIONAL FILM & MUSIC FESTIVAL 2014, BERLIN INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2014, ART IN THE DUNES 2013 VASTO, EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2013, (CON)FUSIONI 2013 LANCIANO


Bohemian Wedding // Commercial // Release Date: 12 December 2011


Mirages // Short Film, Experimental // Release Date: 9 March 2012 @ Uptown / Detroit Independent Film Festival 2012 // WINNER OF THE BEST ART ON WALL AWARD AT NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL 2012 LOS ANGELES, WINNER OF THE BEST EXPERIMENTAL AWARD AT THE UPTOWN / DETROIT INDEPENDENT FILM FESTIVAL 2012 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: ART IN THE DUNES 2012 VASTO, EDINBURGH SHORT FILM FESTIVAL 2012, (CON)FUSIONI 2012 LANCIANO, NEWFILMMAKERS NEW YORK SPRING SERIES 2012


D.I.V.A. // Video Art // Client: Antje Palka // Release Date: 21 May 2011 @ New Media Film Festival 2011 Los Angeles // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: MUJERES DEL CINE 2013 GRANADA, TWEET ME UP! AT THE TATE MODERN LONDON 2012, WHO ART YOU? 2012 MILAN, BIDEODROMO 2011 BILBAO, NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL 2011 LOS ANGELES


L’Amore Non Cambia // Music Video // Client: Marco Santilli // Release Date: 27 January 2011 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: INTERNATIONAL CRIME & PUNISHMENT FILM FESTIVAL 2011 ISTANBUL, NEW MEDIA FILM FESTIVAL 2011 SAN FRANCISCO


My Will To Live // Music Video // Client: Nico Greco // Release Date: 29 August 2010 // WINNER OF THE BEST MUSIC VIDEO AUDIENCE AWARD AT THE FREESTYLE LIFE FILM EXHIBITION 2012 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT: VEGAS CINE FEST 2012, COLUMBIA GORGE INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012, LONG ISLAND INTERNATIONAL FILM EXPO 2012, RINCON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2012


Delphina // Short Film, Dark Comedy // Release Date: 9 July 2010 // WINNER OF THE TALENTI DI VASTO AWARD AT VASTO FILM FESTIVAL 2010 // OFFICIAL SELECTION AT INTERNATIONAL CRIME & PUNISHMENT FILM FESTIVAL 2011 ISTANBUL